NS3179 : Yair at Colgrain

taken 8 years ago, near to Colgrain, Argyll And Bute, Great Britain

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Yair at Colgrain
Yair at Colgrain
David Murray's book "Old Cardross" lists all of the yairs (a form of fish-trap) that once existed along the shore of the Clyde. There were six of them; from the first of them, at Ardoch, to the last of them, at Craigendoran, the straight-line distance is 6.7km (about 4 miles).

Murray simply notes that the fifth and sixth of them were to be found "in Camiseskan Bay". The fifth of them is clearly the one shown in this photograph, at the south-eastern end of the bay. I walked the shore at low tide, and there are no further remains visible between here and the north-western end of the bay, at Craigendoran, where traces of what must be the sixth yair are visible.

The yair shown in the present photograph is at Colgrain. The Old Statistical Account (1796) mentions "the Zair or Yair fishings, so productive in this parish"; see NS3576 : Ardoch Yair for more from that source, including a more detailed description of what a yair is. By 1845, according to the New Statistical Account (see the link just cited), only the yairs at Ardmore and Colgrain were still in use, and even these were no longer very productive.

The yair at Colgrain straddles an OS grid line. It lies just offshore from the cottage of a farm that used to be called Claddoch (also variously called Cladoch, or Cladoch of Colgrain); a few years ago, its ruin was converted into a modern dwelling: NS3180 : Cladoch (that item also names the occupant of Claddoch in the late eighteenth century).

The yair itself consists of low walls of stone forming three sides of a quadrilateral; the fourth side, at the top of the beach, is open. The outer wall, a straight section 275 metres long, runs parallel to the shore (the present photograph is a view along that section, from its southern end); at either end of that section is a corner from which another section of wall heads shoreward (the present photograph shows the southern corner, and NS3180 : Yair at Colgrain shows the northern one).

The long outer wall (also shown in NS3180 : Yair at Colgrain) is pointing towards Craigendoran. There, the new NS3181 : Hermitage Academy building can be seen right of centre. The dark wooded hills (NS2885) left of centre are those above Helensburgh and Rhu, but the mountain at the far left is Creachan Mr (NS1891).
Yair at Colgrain :: NS3180
This is the fifth of six old yairs (fish-traps) whose remains can be seen on the shore between Ardoch and Craigendoran. The fourth is at Ardmore Link and the sixth is at Craigendoran Link
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Date Taken
Friday, 22 July, 2011   (more nearby)
Saturday, 30 July, 2011
Geographical Context
Coastal  Estuary, Marine 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3165 7998 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.9906N 4:42.0005W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3167 7992
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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